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Q&A with the county county chairman

This is the first of a series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton’s first police dog has died

Diva's favorite place in the house was the cool floor in front of the fireplace, and her mom's favorite picture of Diva is her doing just that.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins krobins@covnews.com | LOCAL


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ag teachersattend GVATA conference

Beth Galloway, Catrina Pollard, Marcus Pollard and Melissa Snyder, agricultural educators in Newton County Schools in Covington, Georgia, are four of the 405 teachers from across the state who attended the annual Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (GVATA) Summer Leadership Conference held July 6-9, 2014 in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton County FFA officers attend retreat

The 2014-2015 Newton County FFA Officer Team participated in a leadership retreat on June 23-27. The retreat was organized by Newton County FFA Advisor Melissa Snyder and took place at Newton High School in Covington, Georgia.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


What is Newton College and Career Academy?

I have returned to Newton County. It feels good to be back in the county with people in the community that I previously worked with when I was a Newton County Extension Agent. One change I have seen is that some of the adults I am calling upon for assistance in the agriculture program were my former 4-H kids. My new position as an agriculture teacher at Newton College and Career Academy has given me the opportunity to work in the subject area I love, agriculture, and with students in class and the FFA program.

July 19, 2014 | Beth Galloway Newton College and Career Academy Agriculture Teacher | LOCAL


Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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BOC considers umbrella 501(c)(3) to simplify donation process

The Newton County Board of Commissioners are considering the formation of an umbrella 501(c)(3) organization that would oversee all other non-profits related to the county.

February 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL




Former Chamber President Kip Purvis dies

Former Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Kip Purvis died suddenly Sunday at his home from a heart attack. Kip was a member of GEDA and had been the director of the Meriwether County Development Authority for the past ten years. Kip was the President of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce in the mid-late 1990s.

February 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City receives engineering grant for Pace Street

The City of Covington received a $160,000 federal grant this week to move forward on the Pace Street Liveable Communities Initiative streetscape project.

February 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Many changes coming to theme schools

Students entering Clements Theme School for the 2011-2012 school year should be prepared for lots of changes, including a new name and additional academic rigor.

February 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Garden of Gethsemane shares the love in their hearts

After losing her job and being evicted from her apartment, Sabrina Ortiz now calls The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter in Covington her home. As part of a DeKalb Technical College cosmetology department project called "From Our Hearts to Yours" she recently received an eyebrow wax, a facial, hair styling and color as well as a manicure and pedicure.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman claims to be “professional drinker”

Despite assuring officers that she was a "professional drinker" a 57-year-old woman was arrested on Feb. 14 for DUI.

February 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shipmate scouts

In the Navy: Cub Scout Pack 2291 recently relived a part of history when they participated in the camping program aboard the World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor. The scouts became "shipmates" with other youth as they toured the USS Yorktown, the submarine USS Clamagore, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Era Naval Support Base. Morning and evening meals were prepared and served in the "Chief's Mess" aboard the Yorktown to give the scouts the full effect of naval life. Pack 2291 also took a boat ...

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former resident wins national science award

Jeff Johnson, a former resident of Covington, has been named Siemens National AP teacher of the year.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program currently collecting unwanted appliances

Covington residents looking to upgrade their appliances and save some energy costs could receive some additional rebates courtesy of the Federal stimulus package.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Arbor Day with recognitions, memorial planting

Friday marked Arbor Day in Georgia and the 19th Arbor Day celebration for the city of Covington. This year's celebration was held at Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

February 21, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Arbor Day with recognitions, memorial planting

Friday marked Arbor Day in Georgia and the 19th Arbor Day celebration for the city of Covington. This year's celebration was held at Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

Covington Tree Board President Loy Summers greeted guests and Covington Mayor Kim Carter related a story about realizing the aesthetic quality of trees while on business in El Paso. She said she quickly grew weary of red, dusty landscapes scantily dotted with cacti.

February 19, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Snow day: Several inches of snow covered Newton County last Friday night and lasted well into the next day before it all melted away. Newton County residents snapped these photos around their homes and around town.

February 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


YMCA celebrates 10 years

The Covington Family YMCA has helped thousands of children and adults live happier and healthier lives during its nearly 25 years in Covington. Looking back into the history of the YMCA, one realizes it's taken just as many people to bring the organization to Covington and support it.

February 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 19

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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